Monterey, CA

Portola Hotel & Spa

Carina Stebbins
Deal Expert

Why We Love It

  • Child-friendly property with an outdoor pool and a kids club
  • On-site craft brewery
  • The hotel has the largest day spa in Monterey
  • A five-minute drive to Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row

94% (452 Member Ratings)

"The staff was very attentive, professional and courteous."
Oct 14, 2016
Valencia, CA, United States


Map & Directions

If you can fly into Monterey regional airport, it’s easiest to take a taxi to the hotel. The journey only takes 10 minutes, and renting a car is probably more hassle than it’s worth -- parking is expensive and there are numerous one-way streets in the area. The nearest international airports are San Jose (about 80 minutes away) or San Francisco (just under two hours' drive) and the hotel provides both self-parking and valet parking (extra charge).

Rooms & Rates

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On the coast among the wineries and beaches of central California lies the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay. This child-friendly property is also home to the area’s largest day spa and Monterey's original craft brewery.

The hotel is set on a historic plaza and is within walking distance of the vibrant Fisherman’s Wharf and Monterey Bay Aquarium (ask at the hotel about tickets -- they are the same price as when you buy direct, but are valid for two days instead of one). It's also a good location for business travelers (Monterey Conference Center is just next door), and Santa Cruz and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are both about an hour's drive for day trips.

Children are welcomed with warm cookies at check-in and automatic membership into the Portola Pirates kids club for ages 3-12. The first stay at the hotel as a Portola Pirate includes a souvenir Portola Pirate Bag and self-guided treasure hunt map for buried treasure.

The hotel does not have air conditioning, but all nautical-style bedrooms have ceiling fans and large windows or patio doors that open to the sound of the ocean (and the occasional seagull or seal). Most rooms overlook the city or the pool courtyard. Upgrade to a Harbor View Room on the fifth or sixth floor for impressive sea views at night. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby or bar, but available for an extra charge in the guest rooms.

On site, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge is a well-known local's restaurant serving cuisine inspired by the California coast. Craft brewery Peter B’s Brewpub is the “downtown hot spot for beers,” says The Huffington Post.

From the press:
  • The hotel "welcomes guests with warm cookies at the front desk, which sets the hospitable tone of the property" -- U.S. News
  • Monterey is "a sanctuary of relaxation and recreation" -- Huffington Post



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Kids' club
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Fitness classes
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station
  • Video games on request


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Internet access (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries

Parking Self parking is $19, Valet is $22. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

  • Off-street parking
  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Public car park (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4pm. No minimum age required to check in. Guests under the age of 18 require parental consent.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children ages 18 years and under stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Crib available free of charge for babies up to 15lbs (on request). Extra bed available (on request): $20 per night in king bed rooms only.
Extra person charge is $20 + tax per night.
Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request (maximum 2 pets per room) and will be charged $50 for the first night, $25 for the 2nd & 3rd nights; pet fee has a $100 cap per stay. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Fees: A County Tourism Assessment Fee of $2.00 will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The adjacent Monterey Conference Center is currently under a $60 million dollar renovation due to be completed in early 2017. In addition to the state of the art conference center renovation, the City of Monterey will be replacing the driveway that serves as an entrance to the Portola Hotel & Spa. Through mid-October 2016, the entrance to the Portola Hotel & Spa will be through the hotel parking garage located on the right hand side of Del Monte Avenue. The valet team will be there to greet and guide you throughout your stay. To learn more about the all of the exciting changes at the Monterey Conference Center, please visit

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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452 Member Reviews
(94% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: Beautiful hotel
Dixie Oct 18, 2016 Sandy, UT, United States
Enjoyed Most: The buffet breakfast was very nice. Also, the service at the restaurant was good.
Other Comments: The noise from people on the plaza below ( laughing, screaming, talking). We stayed on the 3rd floor, the windows were closed and still it was very noisy. Also, the maids were talking loudly in the hall behind the door. Could not sleep. The room itself vas nice and clean.
Marina Oct 18, 2016 Cupertino, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The staff was very attentive, professional and courteous.
Other Comments: The construction was very disruptive! And our room was about 3 blocks from the lobby!
Jacquelyn Oct 14, 2016 Valencia, CA, United States
Other Comments: Poor customer service; manager Holly didn't try at all to assist me with my concerns.
Lisa Oct 11, 2016 San Francisco, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Quality and generous size of rooms.Location. Great breakfast buffet!!!
Other Comments: Friendly and informational staff
Michael Oct 08, 2016 Sacramento, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: I loved everything about it!!
Other Comments: Wonderful place we loved it❤️
jackie Oct 08, 2016 stockton, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Easy access to everything. clean, comfortable accomodatoins
Edward Jul 02, 2016 Pittsburg, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Friendly staff and cleanliness
Liane Jul 02, 2016 San Francisco, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The location is excellent--right by downtown and the wharf. Loved the walking paths to cannery row and beyond! The breakfast buffet was also excellent and the staff there were all very nice.
Ted Jul 02, 2016 Henderson, NV, United States
Enjoyed Most: Easy check in/check out, great location, nice/clean room!
Abida Jun 27, 2016 Tustin , CA, United States

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